Documenting the Coming Singularity

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

My take on Climate Change

I am a climate change agnostic. Why am I not a believer? I will explain.

Those who would want me to believe have skipped a crucial step: Educating me. Convincing me. Showing me. They seem to assume that I should simply take their word for it, no need to show their work. Sorry. That's not how I do things.

I am willing to be educated, shown, convinced. I have no predisposition toward disbelief. But whenever I ask a layman-believer why they believe in man-made climate change, they invariably scoff and say, "Everyone knows it's true!" That's not good enough for me, and in any case, that statement is demonstrably false. I'm someone, and I don't know it's true. Many scientists are someones too, and they don't know that it's true.

Another problem I have with the climate change movement is its hysterical tone. I don't respond well to panic. If I were in a crowded movie theater and someone yelled "Fire!", I would not be among those blindly climbing over seats and getting trampled. I would be the one looking for the best and safest way out.

A further problem I have with the climate change proponents is their cynical misuse to data in an effort to incite the world to action. When they attribute every disaster to climate change, then I am the one scoffing.

So folks, my simple request is, show me your work if you expect me to be converted, Okay? Okay.

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1 comments :

Oliver said...

I found these series of videos very helpful when trying to understand anthropogenic climate change.

mentioned here if you don't take my word for it that there any good.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2010/mar/29/youtube-climate-change-scepticism

http://www.youtube.com/user/potholer54#p/c/A4F0994AFB057BB8

most importantly these videos are fair and show the shortcomings of both climate proponents and skeptics. He doesn't treat you like an idiot.